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Andrews, J. Findings of fact and conclusions of law upholding the validity of plaintiff’s patent.
Plaintiff asserted infringement of U.S. Patent No. 6,335,031, which is directed to a pharmaceutical composition containing a compound to rivastigmine. The parties stipulated to infringement if the patent was valid. Defendant maintained that the asserted claims were obvious under §103(a) and invalid under obviousness-type double patenting. The Court disagreed. Defendant did not prove by clear and convincing evidence that the asserted claims were obvious. A person of ordinary skill in the art would not have known rivastigmine was susceptible to oxidative degradation in January 1998. The asserted claims also are not invalid under obviousness-type double patenting. The prior art does not disclose rivastigmine’s susceptibility to oxidative degradation. Alternatively, obviousness-type double patenting fails as a matter of law because the common ownership requirement is not met.